In limited release this weekend is not only one of the year's best films, but it'll probably also go down as the most authentic and gut-wrenching movie ever made about American slavery. That film is 12 Years a Slave, and to celebrate its debut we've got six brand-new exclusive photos to check out below.
From my review:
"Confession: I don't know know how to start writing about this film. I've been staring at a blank screen for 30 minutes, spitting out various lines that attempt to convey just how powerful and memorable and soul crushing and Oscar worthy 12 Years a Slave is, but none of it sounds right. It all just sounds like I'm a salesman outside your door hocking another movie about slavery. "But this one's different!" I might pronounce, just as you tighten your bathrobe and comb your brain for a way out as you eye the cup of coffee sitting within your grasp. "This isn't Django Unchained! That was a fine film, see, but it's sort of like the comic book version of the real story. You haven't seen a movie about slavery like this before. You haven't witnessed its atrocities in this manner, no you haven't. You haven't climbed inside the lifeless eyes of a person who's just been savagely whipped to where the only thing between them and death is our most uncontrollable desire as human beings: the desire to survive. To live. That's what this movie is about. It's about living. And surely, good neighbor, you can relate to that."
Also, read this: '12 Years a Slave' Star Lupita Nyong'o Walks Us Through Filming the Year's Most Difficult Scene
Check out the exclusive images below, then keep an eye out for 12 Years a Slave when it hits a theater near you.
Sean Bobbitt and Steve McQueen on the set of 12 YEARS A SLAVE.
Steve McQueen and Chiwetel Ejiofor on the set of 12 YEARS A SLAVE.
Chiwetel Ejiofor (far left) as “Solomon Northup” and Paul Giamatti as “Freeman” in 12 YEARS A SLAVE.
Garret Dillahunt as “Armsby” and Michael Fassbender as “Edwin Epps” in 12 YEARS A SLAVE.
Michael Fassbender as “Edwin Epps” and Chiwetel Ejiofor as “Solomon Northup” in 12 YEARS A SLAVE.
(far right) – Chiwetel Ejiofor as “Solomon Northup” in 12 YEARS A SLAVE
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